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New Scott Helland Album Is an Ode to Classic TV Shows

Friday, April 2, 2021

Scott Helland is out with The Spy Detective Collective, a 13-track album that serves as a homage to spy and detective TV shows of the 1960s and 70s. Helland says his inspirations included The Prisoner, The Avengers, Columbo, Rockford Files, and Barnaby Jones.

“In those shows, there always seemed to be one standout person to carry the story, and I like the self-sufficiency of that,” he says. “After playing in bands for so many years, I love the idea of getting it all done by yourself. So there is some weird parallel between how I present this solo music and the spy woman or man doing the same in their field.”

Obviously, 1960s television is far from being a steampunk theme, but Helland is also half of Frenchy and the Punk, who are popular performers at steampunk events. He released the new album under the auspices of his solo project, Guitarmy of One.

As a lead-up to the launch, Helland released three singles and music videos from the album: “I Spy The Prisoner,” “Perry Mason Exoneration,” and “Overtones of Hercule and Holmes.” Astute observers will note that each title contains the word “one.”

Last fall, he raised $8,190 from 159 backers in a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the album. His fundraising goal was $7007.

The album is available for streaming or purchase on Bandcamp, Spotify, IHeartRadio, and AppleMusic, or direct from the artist on Batfrogs.com or Guitarmyofone.com.

As Helland was working on the album, Frenchy and the Punk released a cover version of “Hanging on the Telephone,” a song previously recorded by The Nerves and, more famously, by Blondie. They released the single on March 7, the 145th anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell receiving a patent for the telephone.

It’s available on multiple music platforms, including Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music. Links are on their website.

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